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Last modified: Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Fourth-year medical student at IU dies

Oct. 26, 2005

INDIANAPOLIS -- Abigail Brinkman, a fourth-year student in the Indiana University School of Medicine, died this past weekend (Oct. 22-23) in Belize. She was there to participate in a senior year elective rotation in tropical medicine, which is arranged through Hillside Health Care International and approved by the IU School of Medicine. Ms. Brinkman was planning a career in pediatrics.

Ms. Brinkman's death occurred while she was on a scuba diving excursion in Belize.

"We share the sorrow of her friends and family, and grieve at the loss of this young woman who was so compelled to be of service to her community and aspired to be an outstanding physician," said Herbert Cushing, M.D., associate dean for Medical Student Affairs.

Ms. Brinkman received her bachelor's degree from Hanover College in Hanover, Ind. Her hometown was Columbus, Ind.